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Applicants will normally have a degree in maths or in a related subject with high maths content e.g. engineering, economics.  It is desirable that candidates have an A-level qualification in maths.  Candidates will need to demonstrate that they have considered how to develop their subject knowledge in the National Curriculum, GCSE and A-level requirements for maths.

The course is highly interactive, challenging and stimulating and will require you to be committed, energetic and reflective. We aim to develop and grow outstanding Mathematics teachers who are inquisitive about the issues surrounding Mathematics education, keen to foster positive ‘can do’ attitudes in all pupils and believe all pupils can achieve in mathematics.

A Subject Knowledge Enhancement course is available to boost subject knowledge before starting the course.  This is online and varies in length depending on the depth of knowledge required.  The course is designed for those who graduated some years ago or for those who do not have a specialist maths degree.

Subject Pathway

The Subject Pathway course is designed to broaden and extend trainees’ subject expertise of secondary mathematics, unpick the opportunities and challenges of the 9-1 GCSE/A-levels and explore the principles of teaching for mastery. We consider how young people learn mathematics and we examine and reflect upon strategies to secure and deepen understanding. As well as preparing students for the world and workplace in the 21st century, we firmly believe in pupils experiencing the beauty, power and enjoyment of mathematics and developing a sense of curiosity about the subject.

Subject sessions normally take place at Balcarras School on a Thursday afternoon, but there are also opportunities to visit other secondary schools in the partnership. The DfE funded GLOWMaths Hub is an active operational partner and trainees have the unique opportunity to get involved and work with teachers and leaders from the hub. In January and April, pathway sessions will be led by a subject tutor from the University of Bristol who will introduce the PGCE assignments on curriculum practice and curriculum research.

Most importantly, the course will make you feel confident and highly prepared for your future role as an excellent Teacher of Mathematics in the secondary classroom … and maybe even a Head of Department.

Programme Structure

Trainees start the year with three weeks of professional studies, a programme of lectures, workshops and expert speakers, to give a context to the course.  By the end of September, trainees start their “Parent 1” placement and will be in school full time until mid-December.  There are another two weeks of professional studies either side of Christmas.  In January trainees start their “Twin” placement in a second school.  There are more professional studies weeks before Easter then trainees return to their first school for their “Parent 2” placement.  The final placement includes an enhancement week to give opportunities to experience particular aspects of teaching.

There are also weekly subject seminars, every Thursday, with trainees meeting with their Subject Leader and other trainees from their subject.


Bursaries available: £27,000*
Scholarships available: £29,000*

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Subject Lead

Steve Lomax

Balcarras School

Steve Lomax is the Mathematics Strategic Lead for the Balcarras Teaching School Partnership and GLOWMaths Hub (, @GLOWmaths).

Through his current and previous roles of Mathematics Adviser for Gloucestershire (4-19), NCETM Specialist Adviser for Mathematics, Mathematics Subject Leader, SLT, AST and SLE, Steve has a proven track record of leading change in maths education and supporting schools to improve leadership, standards, teaching and enjoyment of mathematics within schools and across partnerships. Steve is an Honorary Teaching Fellow of the University of Bristol.

Steve is also co-founder of Kangaroo Maths (, @kangaroomaths).

Scholarship Funding

Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships of £26,000 are available, offering a slight financial incentive over the DfE bursary.

To be a maths scholar you will need to have exceptional subject knowledge, enthusiasm for the study of the subject and outstanding potential to teach. Successful scholars will be offered additional support from the Institute of Mathematics, London Mathematical Society, Royal Statistical Society and Mathematics Education Innovation to enable them to make a significant contribution to the development of maths teaching in the schools where they train and work. The package will include membership offers, exclusive CPD events, access to teaching resources and academic journals, and early career support.

Maths Scholarship criteria and application information

Visit the IMA website for further information.

Entry Requirements


  • A Maths degree or a related subject with mathematics content, e.g. engineering.
  • Maths and English at Grade C/Level 4 or above at GCSE.


  • Degree at 2:2 or above.
  • Involvement with young people in some capacity.
  • An awareness of issues in maths education (TESMathematics Educationnrich).

Routes & Course Codes

Institute CodeSCITTLead PartnerPGCE with QTS
14BBalcarras Teaching School Hub2CMQ
1ZBOdyssey Teaching School Hub2HCM

If you have any questions please call us on 01242 505945 or complete the form on the contact page.